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Workshop: Weaving on a Mayan Backstrap Loom with Sari Monroy Solís

April 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm


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Learn to weave on a brocade-ready loom that you keep. This class will focus on introducing you to traditional Mayan backstrap loom technique. You will learn on a brocade-ready loom that you will take home. The class will begin by learning the history of the loom, how your body connects to the loom, the parts of the loom, and how to do plain weaving. Once you are comfortable with plain weaving, you will learn how to do single-sided brocade motifs. Through this process, you will learn the names and origins of these motifs and understand how you can design your own patterns.

The backstrap loom is one of the oldest technologies in the world and still used to this day to make some of the longest-lasting clothing. Besides being a very portable loom, it is of great cultural significance to the highlands of Guatemala, Mesoamerica, and the Andes. Mayan weavers, to this day, continue to make textiles with this loom.


Date and Time

Saturday, April 27th, 2024

10:00AM – 4:00 PM PDT



Fibershed Learning Center

14000 Point Reyes – Petaluma Road

Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


About The Instructor

Sari Monroy Solís is a fiber artist and Mayan backstrap loom weaver in Northern California. The backstrap loom called to Sari ever since she was a child and saw the loom her father migrated with from Guatemala. Sari first learned to weave from elders in her community in Guatemala. Working with the loom inspired her to research the loom deeply and to explore various techniques that exist for the backstrap loom, including those from the highlands of Veracruz, Mexico where mother’s family is from. You can follow her as she continues to play with fiber and document ancestral fiber arts on IG: @theblueweaver


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Fibershed Learning Center
14000 Point Reyes - Petaluma Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 United States
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(415) 455-3070‬
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